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Shakespeare's Use of Imagery and Symbolism to Produce Dramatic Tension at Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is set in 16th Century Verona. It concerns two chief characters, Romeo and Juliet, and their struggle to maintain their love and themselves alive. Romeo and Juliet are the only children of two feuding aristocratic families, the Capulet's and the Montague's. At a celebration held by Lord Capulet, the two meet and immediately drop in love. During the rest of the drama we follow their journey of accelerated adolescence until they meet their tragic passing. Some people argue that Romeo and Juliet epitomises the true essence of love, because it is so tragic; Romeo and Juliet die for each other, without any hesitation. Shakespeare uses linguistic and poetic devices to create dramatic tension for the reader. During these carefully ordered phrases and sentences, we the reader could understand and understand the feelings that Romeo and Juliet are undergoing. Act One Scene Five ================== This scene begins at Capulets house. He's getting prepared for a feast to be held in his mansion. He is in a jovial disposition, reminiscing of his youth, 'I've seen that the dayГўв‚¬В¦and could tell a whispering tale in a fair lady's ear.' The usage of the past tense reveals us that he is reflecting on his life. Romeo enters the party and sees Juliet. After he sees her, then he launches into a language of rhyming couplets. In this sonnet, Shakespeare uses the very first of many references to light, 'she doth teach the torches to burn ' The use of light vision is so strong because we see light as something pure and cleansing . .